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of defense. it's a move that plays politics with the pentagon, a move to stop debate and failed confirmation 58-40. it is the first time a defense secretary nominee has needed to clear 60 votes. the move is likely to further strain partisan tensions less than a month into president obama's second term. >> my expectation and hope is that chuck hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> there are still questions outstanding. i believe that senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> some senators say they want to examine information regarding u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. some say after next week's recess, though, hagel will be ultimately confirmed. >>> during a live streaming google hangout chat thursday president obama defended his administration's use of drones in the war on terror insisting everything the government has done is legal. he did admit the public should know more abou
the sequester. that the cuts will take effect for a short period of time. the pentagon is going with congress to say that they are likely go to furlough more than 700,000 employees if these cuts were to take effect. it's basically going to be a 20% pay cut for those employees. and that's going to trickle down into the economy. now that announcement comes one day after president obama called on congress to act. >>> vice president joe biden is offering up advice on the best way to defend yourself in you with a firearm. in a facebook meeting tuesday, biden talked about the white house efforts to restrict the size of ammunition clips and other proposals. during that chashgts biden said the best thing foreprotection is a shotgun. >> put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. i promise you, whoever is coming in is not going to -- you don't need an ar-15. it's harder to aim. it's harder to use. and in fact, you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself. buy a shotgun. >> buy a shotgun. all right. biden said he keeps two shotguns locked up at home and he's told his wife jill
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